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at president obama's cabinet for his second term. our guest is white house reporter david jackson. been a look at what is next for iraq with my coat -- then a look at what is next for iraq with michael gordon. ♪ host: good morning. it is sunday, december 30, 2012. we are less than 48 hours away from going over the fiscal cliff leaders have been working for the weekend to craft a compromise that can be agreed to before midnight tomorrow. it is now all but certain that any deal will be a far cry from the grand bargain that many leaders once imagined. as we take you through all the latest on the "washington journal," we would like to hear what you would like to say to congressional leaders on this 11th hour deal. what tax and spending issues do need included in any compromise. republicans, your number is -- democrats -- independents -- if you are outside the u.s. -- you can also catch up with us on all your favorite social media sites, twitter, facebook, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. taking to the latest headlines on the fiscal cliff. i will run a few -- through a few
center. jackson brings his show's music of the madmen era to help kick off the new year and he's live in studio now, welcome. >> thank you. >> you're about to help us toast what should be a great year, 2013? >> yeah. this is my first time at the kennedy center. i'm excited. it's been a dream come true to go and play the kennedy center and the first time i'm going to be there i'm going to be on the stage. >> and you're with award-winning actress nina arianda? >> yes. >> does the show have a broadway feel? i know you sold out at carnegie hall last year. >> this is the same show i did at carnegie hall but i mixed it up a little bit. there's some broadway aspect because i'm a broadway baby at heart. but it's definitely '50s and '60s. we do dean martin, frank sinatra, boss onova. joany mitchell. >> we're all excited. but you know what we're not excited about? "30 rock" coming to an end. >> i know, dude. >> final episode coming up in about a month. >> right. >> are you sad the show is ending if. >> yes. but what a blessing to be on, i think it's the holy grail of come by, i've learned so mu
jackson. she's the 18th president of rensular polytech nique institute in troy, new york. this is the oldest institute in the united states and it's my great pleasure to announce her. >> good afternoon. you know there's a significant transformation under way globally in the way we make predictions, make products, make connections and ultimately make progress or not. the transformation i'm speaking of is being driven of course by the extraordinarily rapid expansion and availability of data from multiple sources and ever more powerful analytical and computational capacity that is generating yet new information. let me begin quickly with a vignette that may be a harbinger of things to come. as superstorm sandy, i'm sure you know a lot about it, was beginning to gather steam in the caribbean, five days before it slammed into new jersey and new york, u.s. forecasters were predicting a monster storm but uncertain of its path. by most indications this unusually powerful and complex form would graze the coast but move back out into the north atlantic. however there were steady re
not a member, rose after the religious left in the form of the reverend martin luther king and jesse jackson, etc., etc. the religious right was provoked into politics. the tradition among many protestants was political quietism. and then the supreme court decided that the constitution required that there be at exclusion of religion from the public square in the removal of prayer from schools. deeply offended a great many americans. 40 years ago, next month, they delivered the final provocation for the legitimate political purpose of trying to save the culture. i know a great many people work them up into a frenzy about the threats of theocracy. you use the comparison of iran. good lord. we are so far from any possible menace of religious orthodoxy. try to have a prayer at a high- school football game in texas. there is zero grounds. i do not see it. nor do i think in the members of the religious right, and i know many of them, any desire to tyrannize. they went into politics because they felt they were attacked. they want to be left alone. [applause] >> i appreciate you as a voice of reason
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